Earlier this year, federal Democratic Reform Minister Pierre
Poilievre introduced Bill C-23 – The Fair Elections
Act (Bill), which proposes a number of changes to Canadian
election law, including an increase in annual contribution limits
INCREASE TO CONTRIBUTION LIMITS
The Bill proposes an increase for annual contribution limits for
individuals to C$1,500, up from C$1,200. The complete ban on
corporate and union donations will remain in effect.
RESTRICTIONS ON LOANS TO CANDIDATES
Along with the increase to contribution limits, the Bill also
introduces further restrictions on advancing and repaying political
loans, with a cap on total loans, guarantees, and contributions by
individuals equal to the annual contribution limit. Only financial
institutions and political entities will be allowed to make loans
beyond such limits, and only at a market rate of interest. The Bill
also tightens the rules for the treatment of unpaid loans to
require that riding associations or a registered political party
assume responsibility for unpaid loans taken out by a
AN END TO BAN ON PREMATURE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTION
Premature transmissions of election results will no longer be
prohibited under the Bill, which is recognition of the practical
problems with enforcing such a prohibition in an age of social
NEW REGULATIONS ON POLITICAL CALLS
The Bill will create a new registry for mass calling which will
require that service providers who engage in voter contact first
register with the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC), and will also require registration by
individuals or groups who engage the use of calling service
providers for voter contact purposes. Both the calling service
provider and the individual or group that hires the provider will
be required to have their identity verified by the CRTC. The Bill
also provides for prison time for impersonating elections officials
and a ten-fold increase to fines for preventing a person from
The Bill, if passed in its present form, will implement a number
of other changes to Canada's current electoral laws,
providing for a stand-alone commissioner to prosecute offences
(without direction from the chief electoral officer), housed with
the director of public prosecutions, with new offences and tougher
stricter requirements for voter identity, including the
elimination of "vouching"
restrictions on communications by the chief electoral officer,
in particular related to public advertising
making the contribution limit on leadership campaigns an
annual, not a lifetime per-contest limit
increases to national and local campaign spending limits
measures to increase voter turnout, including extra voting
ADVANCED RULINGS AND OTHER INTERPRETIVE TOOLS
The Bill creates new communication tools that feature
consultation and notice to advise regulated entities of how the law
applies to them. This is a similar regulatory approach taken by
other government agencies, including the Canada Revenue Agency. The
Bill allows the chief electoral officer to issue guidelines and
interpretation bulletins, which are intended to limit the amount of
unintentional breaches caused by unclear legislation.
Parties can also request advanced rulings or written
interpretations. A registered political party will be able to
request an advanced ruling or written interpretation on any
question related to the Canada Elections Act. The rulings
will spell out the application of any provision of the Act to an
activity or practice in which the registered party proposes to
engage. The question will be answered within 45 days of the
The Bill is currently undergoing scrutiny and debate in
committee, where it may be subject to amendment.
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